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Nightguards

Nightguards in Columbus, GA

Nightguards can help you get a good night’s sleep and protect your teeth from grinding and clenching. At Southeastern Dental Center, we offer a variety of nightguards to fit your needs. We can help you find the perfect nightguard based on your symptoms and preferences.

Custom nightguards are one of the most popular dental services for relief from teeth grinding. They’re a great way to reduce stress, headaches, and jaw pain.

If you are looking for a way to get a good night’s sleep and protect your teeth, contact Southeastern Dental Center today!

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What is a nightguard?

A nightguard is a dental appliance worn over the upper and lower teeth during sleep. They are custom-made to fit the individual’s mouth and can be made from various materials, including hard plastic, soft silicone, or gel. The nightguard helps to protect the teeth from clenching and grinding.

Grinding your teeth can damage the tooth enamel and lead to other problems such as headaches and jaw and neck pain.

In most cases, the nightguard will need to be replaced yearly to maintain a snug fit. Wearing a nightguard effectively reduces pain and discomfort if you find that you are grinding your teeth, have temporomandibular disorder, or are clenching your jaw at night.

Signs and Symptoms You Might Need a Nightguard

You may need a nightguard if you suffer from any of the following symptoms:

  • Waking up with tension-type headache pain, migraine pain, or jaw pain
  • You suffer from TMJ disorder
  • Teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold
  • Waking up with a sore jaw
  • Clenching or grinding teeth during the day

If you think you might need a nightguard, consult with our dental team. We will be able to determine whether or not a nightguard is right for you and take measurements for a custom fit.

For many people, a nightguard is an effective way to reduce symptoms, protect teeth from further damage, and prevent jaw disorders from progressing.

Types of Nightguards

There are three main types of nightguards: full coverage, partial coverage, and boil-and-bite.

Full Coverage

Full coverage nightguards are designed to cover all upper and lower teeth. They are generally made from a hard plastic material, providing the most protection for the teeth. Full coverage nightguards can also be bulky and uncomfortable, so they may not be the best option for everyone.

Partial Coverage

Partial coverage nightguards only cover the back teeth. They are less bulky than full coverage nightguards and may be more comfortable for some people. However, they do not provide as much protection for the teeth as full coverage nightguards.

Boil-and-Bite

Boil-and-bite nightguards are made from a soft material that becomes pliable when heated in water. They are then inserted into the mouth and allowed to cool, at which point they will form a custom fit. Boil-and-bite nightguards are less expensive than custom-made nightguards, but they are not as comfortable or practical.

Getting a Nightguard from a Dentist vs. Over the Counter

There are several reasons you should get a nightguard from a dentist rather than over the counter.

A dentist can custom-make the nightguard to ensure you have an accurate fit that is comfortable to wear and provide the best protection for your teeth.

Over-the-counter nightguards usually do not last as long as a nightguard made by a dentist.

Getting a nightguard from a dentist allows you to get professional advice on how to care for your nightguard.

During your appointment, your dentist can help identify which type of nightguard best fits your dental care needs.

Oral Health Benefits of Nightguards

In addition to protecting the teeth from clenching and grinding, nightguards can also provide other oral health benefits.

Nightguards can help to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Prevent headaches and painful migraines
  • Relieve jaw pain
  • Decrease teeth grinding
  • Improve sleep quality

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, a nightguard may be able to help. Nightguards are a simple and effective way to improve your oral health, and they can be made to fit any mouth size and shape.

Contact Our Dental Office for a Nightguards Consultation

At Southeastern Dental Center, we offer custom nightguards that are made to fit your individual needs. Our licensed dentist will take impressions of your teeth to create a custom-made nightguard that is comfortable and effective. It is essential to ensure you are properly fitted for your nightguard to get the most benefits.

Contact us today to learn more about nightguards and our other dental services and how they can benefit your oral health!